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* TroubledTeen: Starts off 9th grade depressed and angry, outcast from her peers due to a calling the cops at a WildTeenParty, and soon enough, stops speaking entirely. [[spoiler: It's later revealed she was raped at that same party.]]


* AuthorAvatar: As the novel was based on Laurie Anderson's personal experiences of having been raped as a teenager and the trauma she faced, Melinda is naturally this.

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* AuthorAvatar: As the novel was based on Laurie Anderson's Creator/LaurieAnderson's personal experiences of having been raped as a teenager and the trauma she faced, Melinda is naturally this.



* GoodVictimsBadVictims: A self-inflicted example. Part of what hampers Melinda's ability to recover and move on is her refusal to fully acknowledge what happened to her on that fateful night because she blames herself for not being able to see straight away that Andy was taking advantage of her (never mind that she was barely 14 years old at the time and was [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy more than a bit tipsy]] on top of that).



* UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming: A self-inflicted example. Part of what hampers Melinda's ability to recover and move on is her refusal to fully acknowledge what happened to her on that fateful night because she blames herself for not being able to see straight away that Andy was taking advantage of her (never mind that she was barely 14 years old at the time and was [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy more than a bit tipsy]] on top of that).


TheProtagonist, a high school freshman who's been branded as a social outcast due to calling the police during a party in the summer where she had been raped.

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TheProtagonist, The protagonist, a high school freshman who's been branded as a social outcast due to calling the police during a party in the summer where she had been raped.


* NiceGuy: Without a doubt.

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* NiceGuy: Without a doubt.doubt, as he's one of the few teachers that genuinely get through to Melinda.



* CoolTeacher: She tries to be this but she fails.

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* CoolTeacher: She tries to be this but she fails.fails and her students find her boring or annoying at best.


* HairDecorations: Wears multiple colored Sharpies in her bun as a reflection of her artistic personality.

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* HairDecorations: MeaningfulAppearance: Wears multiple colored Sharpies in her bun as a reflection of her artistic personality.


* CharacterDevelopment: Over the course of the book, Melinda eventually finds the strength to open up, reveal her dark secret, accept what has happened to her, and is slowly able to recover from her trauma.

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* CharacterDevelopment: Over the course of the book, Melinda eventually finds the strength to open up, reveal her dark secret, accept what has happened to her, and is slowly able to recover start recovering from her trauma.


* TheQuietOne: After the rape, she became withdrawn and barely speaks to anyone.

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* TheQuietOne: After the rape, she became becomes withdrawn and barely speaks to anyone.



* UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming: A self-inflicted example. Part of what hampers Melinda's ability to recover and move on is her refusal to fully acknowledge what happened to her on that fateful night because she blames herself for not being able to see straight away that Andy was taking advantage of her (never mind that she was barely 14 years old at the time and was [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy more than a bit tipsy]] on top of that).



* FauxAffablyEvil: He uses his popularity among his fellow students to hide his sinister intentions.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: He uses his popularity among his fellow students Puts on the front of a BigManOnCampus to hide his sinister intentions.



* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: She wanted to be part of the popular clique, but when she gets her wish, it turns out it wasn't as great as she thought.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: She seems like a friendly person but is really a manipulative backstabber.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: She wanted to be part of the popular clique, but when she gets her wish, it turns out it wasn't as great as she thought.
thought it would be.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: She seems like a friendly person but is really a manipulative and self-serving backstabber.



* ForeignCultureFetish: Once high school starts, she hangs out with the European exchange students, tries to speak French more (as well as being shown planning out a trip to Paris for summer vacation), and [[spoiler:starts going out with a boy from Portugal after breaking up with Andy]].

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* ForeignCultureFetish: Once high school starts, she hangs out with the European exchange students, tries to speak French more (as well as being shown planning out a trip to Paris for summer vacation), and [[spoiler:starts starts going out with a boy from Portugal after breaking up with Andy]].Andy.


* AmbiguousSituation: While the epilogue reveals that Rachel considered calling Melinda up, it is uncertain as to whether or not Melinda would forgive her, let alone on whether or not they can rekindle their friendship.

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* AmbiguousSituation: While the epilogue reveals that Rachel considered calling called and left Melinda up, a message to apologize to her, it is uncertain as to whether or not Melinda would forgive her, let alone on whether or not they can rekindle their friendship.


* BrokenBird: She was once a cheerful and sociable straight-B student before the rape. Afterward, she becomes withdrawn and miserable, her academic performance suffering as a result.

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* BrokenBird: She was once a cheerful and sociable straight-B student before the rape. Afterward, she becomes withdrawn and miserable, her academic performance suffering as a result. Making it worse is that she refuses to fully acknowledge what has happened to her due to her guilt.



Melinda's rapist, a jock at Merryweather High.

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Melinda's rapist, a popular jock at Merryweather High.



* BigBad: The only real evil person in the setting.

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* BigBad: The only real evil person in the setting.Being Melinda's rapist and a serial sexual predator.



* HateSink: He's an unrepentant predator who takes advantage of his good looks and superficial charm to get what he wants while escaping culpability.



* KarmaHoudini: Somewhat. While at most he gets a slap on the wrist (and no jail time) for what he had done to Melinda as well as to other girls, he is still made to register as a sex offender so he didn't get off completely unscathed.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Sported a SlasherSmile while raping Melinda at the party.
* SerialRapist: The BathroomStallGraffiti in the girls' restroom reveals that Melinda wasn't Andy's first victim, nor would she be the last.

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* KarmaHoudini: Somewhat. While Downplayed. It's revealed in the sequel ''Catalyst'' that while at most he gets a slap on the wrist (and no jail time) for what he had done to Melinda as well as to other girls, he is still made to register as a sex offender and the assault is permanently on his record, so he didn't get off completely ''completely'' unscathed.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Sported a SlasherSmile while raping Melinda While there are plenty of bullies and other assorted jerks at Merryweather High, he's the worst of the bunch. Indeed, when Rachel publicly called him out for his predatory behavior at the party.
prom in full view of several people, that was the first blow to his reputation.
* SerialRapist: The BathroomStallGraffiti in the girls' restroom reveals that Melinda wasn't Andy's first victim, nor would she be have been the last. last.
* SlasherSmile: Sported one while raping Melinda at the party.



* TheBGrade: Her grades slip to B's when she's stuck having to do all the menial "gopher" jobs for the Marthas.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Disappeared in the final chapter of the novel most likely as a result of hiding out due to the embarrassment she received for her bad job at the prom decorations.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Disappeared in the final chapter of the novel most likely as a result of hiding out due to the embarrassment she received for her the bad job she did at the prom decorations.



* AmbiguousSituation: While Rachel considers calling Melinda up, it is uncertain as to whether or not Melinda would forgive her, let alone on whether or not they can rekindle their friendship.

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* AmbiguousSituation: While the epilogue reveals that Rachel considers considered calling Melinda up, it is uncertain as to whether or not Melinda would forgive her, let alone on whether or not they can rekindle their friendship.



* ForeignCultureFetish: Once high school starts, she hangs out with the European exchange students, tries to speak French more, and [[spoiler:starts going out with a boy from Portugal after breaking up with Andy]].

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* ForeignCultureFetish: Once high school starts, she hangs out with the European exchange students, tries to speak French more, more (as well as being shown planning out a trip to Paris for summer vacation), and [[spoiler:starts going out with a boy from Portugal after breaking up with Andy]].



* TookALevelInJerkass: Once high school starts and she begins hanging out with the European exchange students, she becomes arrogant and insufferable. Ivy even disparagingly calls her a bitch while venting about her to Melinda.



* ImpliedLoveInterest: Vaguely implied. It's more prominent in the book, with [[ShipTease a few cute moments]] on Valentine's Day and a mention that David watches her when he thinks she doesn't notice. For rather understandable reasons, though, it never really goes anywhere.

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* ImpliedLoveInterest: Vaguely implied. It's more prominent in the book, with [[ShipTease a few cute moments]] on Valentine's Day and a mention that David watches her when he thinks she doesn't notice. For rather understandable reasons, though, it never really goes anywhere.anywhere beyond a friendship.



* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Gives Melinda a pep-talk after her attempt to get some extra credit in Social Studies class goes badly, encouraging her to speak up for herself.



A group of girls (named Meg, Emily, and Siobhan) at Melinda's school that follow everything Martha Stewart related.

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A group of girls (named Meg, Emily, and Siobhan) at Melinda's school that follow everything Martha Stewart related.related. The three senior members are named Meg, Emily, and Siobhan. Heather joins them later on, but quickly sees that a membership isn't all that it's cracked up to be.



* HippieTeacher: This is more apparent in the movie but the way he makes teaches his class makes him this.

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* HippieTeacher: This is more apparent in the movie but the way he makes teaches his class makes him this.



* ImportantHaircut: In the chapter aptly titled "Hairwoman No More", she cuts it short and gets new glasses as well. Melinda even wonders if she had some big lifestyle change to prompt this.



Melinda's parents

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Melinda's parentsparents.


* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: She wanted to be part of the popular clique, but when she gets her wish, it turns out it wasn't as great as she thought.



* AmbiguousSituation: It's not clear exactly what her relationship with Melinda was before the fateful party, especially since she wasn't there when Melinda called the police, as it's not spelled out if she was avoiding Melinda because she's unpopular or if they were friends and drifted apart. Given the friendly nature that she has with Melinda later on, it's possibly the former.

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* AmbiguousSituation: It's not clear exactly what her relationship with Melinda was before the fateful party, especially since she wasn't there when Melinda called the police, as it's not spelled out if she was avoiding Melinda because she's unpopular or if they were friends and drifted apart. Given the friendly nature interactions that she has with Melinda later on, as well as her distaste with Rachel's increasingly haughty attitude, it's possibly the former.



* TrueCompanions: Later in the story, when she and Melinda begin genuinely rebuilding their friendship, especially in comparison to Melinda's relationships with Rachel and Heather.

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* TrueCompanions: Later in the story, when she and Melinda begin genuinely rebuilding their friendship, especially in comparison to Melinda's relationships with Rachel [[WeUsedToBeFriends Rachel]] and Heather.[[FalseFriend Heather]].


TheProtagonist, a high school freshman who's been branded as a social outcast after she called the police during a party in the summer.

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TheProtagonist, a high school freshman who's been branded as a social outcast after she called due to calling the police during a party in the summer.summer where she had been raped.



* VillainousBreakdown: Angrily confronts Melinda in the janitor's room and attempts to rape her again out of revenge for ruining his reputation.

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* VillainousBreakdown: Angrily confronts Melinda in the janitor's room closet and attempts to rape her again out of revenge for ruining his reputation.



* FalseFriend: Initially began as Melinda's only friend due to being the new girl at school (and thus, having no knowledge of the police call Melinda made), but she had bigger aspirations. When the chance to become one of the more popular girls reared its head, she jumps at the chance and severs her ties with Melinda.

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* FalseFriend: Initially While it was never that genuine to begin with and only came about due to convenient circumstances, she initially began as Melinda's only friend due to being the new girl at school (and thus, having had no knowledge of the police call Melinda made), but she had bigger aspirations. When the chance opportunity to become one part of the a more popular girls clique reared its head, she jumps at the chance and severs her ties with Melinda.



* NewTransferStudent: She's the new girl at Merryweather High.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Disappeared in the final chapter of the novel most likely as a result of hiding out due to the embarrassment she received for her subpar decorations.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Disappeared in the final chapter of the novel most likely as a result of hiding out due to the embarrassment she received for her subpar bad job at the prom decorations.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: She has this when she realizes that Melinda was telling the truth when Andy tries to harass her at the prom.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: She has this when she realizes that Melinda was telling the truth when Andy tries to harass makes her uncomfortable with his hot and heavy behavior at the prom.



* AmbiguousSituation: It's not clear exactly what her relationship with Melinda was before the fateful party, especially since she wasn't at there when Melinda called the police, as it's not spelled out if she was avoiding Melinda because she's unpopular or if they were friends and drifted apart. Given the friendly nature that she has with Melinda later on, it's possibly the former.

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* AmbiguousSituation: It's not clear exactly what her relationship with Melinda was before the fateful party, especially since she wasn't at there when Melinda called the police, as it's not spelled out if she was avoiding Melinda because she's unpopular or if they were friends and drifted apart. Given the friendly nature that she has with Melinda later on, it's possibly the former.



* NiceGuy: He's the one of the few people who's actually nice to Melinda from the start despite what happened at the party.

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* NiceGuy: He's the one of the few people who's actually nice to Melinda from the start despite and doesn't care about what happened at the party.



* HippieTeacher: This is more apparent in the movie but the way he makes teaches his class makes him this .

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* HippieTeacher: This is more apparent in the movie but the way he makes teaches his class makes him this .this.



* NotQuiteTheRightThing: She tries to help but isn't really good at it, nor is she capable of helping a student with problems like Melinda's.

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* NotQuiteTheRightThing: She tries to help and can see that something is seriously troubling Melinda, but isn't really good at it, nor is she capable of helping doesn't quite have the ability to help a student with problems like Melinda's.



* UnnamedParent: Besides their last name, their first names aren't given.

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* UnnamedParent: Besides their last name, their first names aren't given. In the movie, the mother is named Joyce and supplementary materials name the father Jack.


* SelfHarm: Her lip-biting.

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* SelfHarm: Her lip-biting. In a few instances, she makes herself bleed doing this.



* AdultsAreUseless: She cannot really help because she doesn't really understand.

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* AdultsAreUseless: She cannot really help because she doesn't really understand. She tries but fails, as she's a guidance counselor and not a therapist.



* AwfulWeddedLife: Their marriage isn't a happy one.

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* AwfulWeddedLife: Their marriage isn't a happy one.one, however, this is mostly due to the strain of not knowing how to help their daughter and the differing natures of their jobs.


'''Warning: Unmarked spoilers ahead!'''



The protagonist who was raped at a summer party and left traumatized as a result.

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The protagonist who was raped at TheProtagonist, a summer high school freshman who's been branded as a social outcast after she called the police during a party and left traumatized as a result.in the summer.



* AuthorAvatar: As the novel was based on Laurie Anderson's personal experiences of having been raped as a teenager and the trauma she faced, Melinda is naturally this.



* TheCassandra: When she tries to tell her former friend Rachel about Andy's sinister intentions and Rachel doesn't believe her.

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* BrokenBird: She was once a cheerful and sociable straight-B student before the rape. Afterward, she becomes withdrawn and miserable, her academic performance suffering as a result.
* TheCassandra: When she tries to tell her former friend Rachel about Andy's sinister intentions and Rachel [[CassandraTruth doesn't believe her.her]].



** StepfordSnarker: A large part of her dark sarcasm stems from her emotional pain and trauma.



* AboveGoodAndEvil: Has shades of this mentality. In his heated confrontation, Andy tries to claim that all of the other girls he had assaulted and/or harassed were practically asking for it, so therefore, he is not a rapist.



* ForTheEvulz: He clearly enjoys the fear that he instills into Melinda, making it his goal of reminding her about what he had done.

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* ForTheEvulz: He clearly enjoys the fear that he instills into Melinda, making it his goal of reminding her about what he had done.done to her.



* InsaneTrollLogic: In the climax, when he corners Melinda in the janitor's closet, Andy tries to claim that all of the other girls he had assaulted and/or harassed were practically asking for it, so therefore, he is not a rapist.



* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Spouted a SlasherSmile whilst raping Melinda at the party.

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* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Spouted Sported a SlasherSmile whilst while raping Melinda at the party.



* TheSociopath: Is manipulative and charismatic. He values his reputation above all else, and is completely remorseless at the prospect of raping and/or harassing female students.

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* TheSociopath: Is manipulative and charismatic. He manipulative, superficially charismatic, values his reputation above all else, and is completely remorseless at the prospect of raping and/or harassing how he had raped and harassed female students.



* DoNotCallMePaul: Tries to change her name to "Rachelle" because it sounds more sophisticated.



* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: She seems to be admired by other girls for her athletic prowess.



* PassionateSportsGirl: She's good at sports, displaying a talent with tennis and lacrosse.



Melinda's classmate and lab partner who doesn't ostracize her.

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Melinda's classmate and lab partner who doesn't partner. He's one of the few people that don't ostracize her.



* ImpliedLoveInterest: Vaguely implied. It's more prominent in the book, with a few cute moments on Valentine's Day and a mention that David watches her when he thinks she doesn't notice. For rather understandable reasons, though, it never really goes anywhere.

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* ImpliedLoveInterest: Vaguely implied. It's more prominent in the book, with [[ShipTease a few cute moments moments]] on Valentine's Day and a mention that David watches her when he thinks she doesn't notice. For rather understandable reasons, though, it never really goes anywhere.



* BitchInSheepsClothing: The way Melinda perceives them. Going by their treatment of Heather, she wasn't entirely off the mark, as they appear nice, friendly, and charitable but are actually pretty mean.
* GirlPosse

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* {{Alpha Bitch}}es: They're pretty popular but are not very nice.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: The way Melinda perceives them. Going by their treatment of Heather, she wasn't entirely off the mark, as they appear nice, friendly, and charitable charitable, but are actually pretty mean.
* GirlPosseGirlPosse: An all-female clique of rich girls.


The protagonist who was raped at a summer party and left traumatized as a result

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The protagonist who was raped at a summer party and left traumatized as a resultresult.



* BreakTheCutie: After being raped, Melinda's life spirals towards the brink of near destruction.

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* BreakTheCutie: After being raped, Melinda's life spirals towards Starts off already broken and much of the brink of near destruction.story is dedicated to her attempts at recovering.



* CharacterDevelopment: Over the course of the book, Melinda eventually finds the strength to reveal her dark secret, accept what has happened to her, and is slowly able to recover from her trauma.

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* CharacterDevelopment: Over the course of the book, Melinda eventually finds the strength to open up, reveal her dark secret, accept what has happened to her, and is slowly able to recover from her trauma.



* WithFriendsLikeThese: Rachel abandoned her after she called the police to the end of summer party. Heather also takes advantage of Melinda's talents in order to get noticed by the popular clique of girls, and ultimately ditches her like a hot potato when she had reached her goal.

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* WithFriendsLikeThese: Rachel abandoned her after she called the police to the end of summer party. Heather also takes advantage of Melinda's talents in order to get noticed by the popular clique of girls, and ultimately ditches drops her like a hot potato when she had reached her goal.



* AboveGoodAndEvil: Has shades of this. In his heated confrontation, Andy tries to claim that all of the other girls he had assaulted and/or harassed were practically asking for it, so therefore, he is not a rapist.

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* AboveGoodAndEvil: Has shades of this.this mentality. In his heated confrontation, Andy tries to claim that all of the other girls he had assaulted and/or harassed were practically asking for it, so therefore, he is not a rapist.



* ItsAllAboutMe: Claims that he could get any girl he wants to sleep with him willingly as a feeble attempt at dispelling Melinda's accusations.
* JerkJock: Initially appears as this stereotype, but in this case, is a ''far'' more dark example.
* KarmaHoudini: Somewhat. While at most he gets a slap on the wrist for what he had done to Melinda as well as to other girls, he is still made to register as a sex offender meaning that his life was ruined at that moment.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: Claims He isn't happy when Rachel calls him out as a predator in front of everyone during prom and claims that he could get any girl he wants to sleep with him willingly as a feeble attempt at dispelling Melinda's accusations.
* JerkJock: Initially appears as this stereotype, but in this case, is a ''far'' more A ''very'' dark example.
* KarmaHoudini: Somewhat. While at most he gets a slap on the wrist (and no jail time) for what he had done to Melinda as well as to other girls, he is still made to register as a sex offender meaning that his life was ruined at that moment.so he didn't get off completely unscathed.



* SerialRapist: Several entries on the bathroom mirror in the girls' restroom reveal that Melinda wasn't Andy's first victim, nor would she be the last.

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* SerialRapist: Several entries on the bathroom mirror The BathroomStallGraffiti in the girls' restroom reveal reveals that Melinda wasn't Andy's first victim, nor would she be the last.



* AmbiguousSituation: It's not clear exactly what her relationship with Melinda was, especially since she wasn't at the party when/where Melinda called the police, as it's not spelled out if she was avoiding Melinda because she's unpopular or if they were friends and drifted apart. Given the friendly nature that she has with Melinda later on, it's possibly the former.
* EveryGirlIsCuterWithHairDecs: Wears multicolor Sharpies in her bun as a reflection of her artistic personality.

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* AmbiguousSituation: It's not clear exactly what her relationship with Melinda was, was before the fateful party, especially since she wasn't at the party when/where there when Melinda called the police, as it's not spelled out if she was avoiding Melinda because she's unpopular or if they were friends and drifted apart. Given the friendly nature that she has with Melinda later on, it's possibly the former.
* EveryGirlIsCuterWithHairDecs: HairDecorations: Wears multicolor multiple colored Sharpies in her bun as a reflection of her artistic personality.



* AmbiguousSituation: Like Ivy, it isn't really clear as to why she was avoiding Melinda and whether or not because the latter is a social outcast or if she was avoiding her due to being wrapped up in her own life.

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* AmbiguousSituation: Like Ivy, it isn't really clear as to why whether she was avoiding Melinda and whether or not because the latter is a social outcast or if she was avoiding her due to being wrapped up in her own life.



* BitchInSheepsClothing: The way Melinda perceives them and, as we find from Heather, they are, as they appear nice, friendly, and charitable but are actually pretty mean.

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: The way Melinda perceives them and, as we find from them. Going by their treatment of Heather, they are, she wasn't entirely off the mark, as they appear nice, friendly, and charitable but are actually pretty mean.



* CoolTeacher:For the most part, he plays this role to Melinda, as he lets her be herself in his class, but, generally, he regards his students as people and so treats them as such.

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* CoolTeacher:For CoolTeacher: For the most part, he plays this role to Melinda, as he lets her be herself in his class, but, generally, he regards his students as people and so treats them as such.



* AdultsAreUseless: Melinda seems to think so, as they haven't gotten their daughter any help since her rape and Mom thinks that Melinda's behavior are cries for ''attention'', not necessarily ''help'', while Dad sort of gets the idea. However, this is invoked because she hasn't told them what happened (or the full depth of what happened).

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* AdultsAreUseless: Melinda seems to think so, as they haven't gotten their daughter any help since her rape and Mom thinks that Melinda's behavior are cries is a cry for ''attention'', not necessarily ''help'', while Dad sort of gets the idea. However, this is invoked because she hasn't told them what happened (or the full depth of what happened).



* ParentsAsPeople: They do care about their daughter but, due to their cluelessness, they don't really see that Melinda needs help.

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* ParentsAsPeople: They do care about their daughter but, due to their cluelessness, obliviousness, they don't really see that Melinda needs help.

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* EntitledBitch: Despite dropping Melinda the moment things were looking up for her, Heather ''still'' felt that Melinda would help her with the prom decorations by trying to appeal to her friendship with her. Needless to say, Melinda refuses.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Disappeared in the final chapter of the novel most likely as a result of hiding out due to the embarrassment she received for her subpar decorations.

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